Events & Activities


Local History Group

Meets twice a month at Coultershaw

Exploring the history of Petworth and surrounding villages

Do you have an interest in Petworth’s local history?
This is an opportunity to discover and explore more about Petworth’s history whilst spending time with other like-minded members of your community in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

 2024 January to July Programme

Date Time  Topic  Speaker
10 January 10:30 1000 years of Arundel’s history John Barkshire
24 January 19:00 Bignor Roman Villa Liz Leggett
14 February 10:30 The historic & modern role of High Sheriff Andrew Bliss QPM
28 February 19:00 Midhurst Society Dave Rudwick
13 March 10:30 Chichester & District Archeology Society Steve Cleverly & Richard New
27 March 19:00 Petworth Friendly Societies Miles Costello
10 April 10:30 Mrs Barlow, a 19th century archaeologist from Midhurst Dawn Cansfield
24 April 19:00 A life on the Rother – connections to the past Andrew Thompson
8 May 10:30 The Coultershaw Story – Water, Water Everywhere Tony Sneller
22 May 19:00 Limeburners, Lords & Labourers Richard Howell
12 June 10:30 The Coultershaw Collection -introducing the archive Miles Costello
26 June 19:00 Life at the turn of the 20th century Anne Morrill
10 July 10:30 Messages from the Ministry – documentaries from 1930 -1950 (Videos) Tony Sneller

For more information on this group please contact us at: [email protected]

The History Group was created with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


A pop-up coffee shop will be operating on all the Event Days shown below.

Sunday 31 March

New season launch. Exhibition of mills, people & fires

Our Rother Valley History Project is looking at the use of the Rother as a source of industrial power and this exhibition will tell a fascinating story of mills, people and fire at both Iping and Coultershaw mills. The younger visitors will be able to go on a tour of discovery with Doris Duck!

Wednesday 3 April

Family Fun Day

Don’t miss the official launch of our new trail with Doris Duck, detective extronianiare, and follow her around the buildings and riverbank! A day of craft and fun for all the family.

Sunday 21 April

River Rother Day – a celebration!

A celebration of the River Rother and its importance along the 32 miles that it flows between Emshott in Hampshire and Hardham where it meets the Arun – its nature, its history, its beauty and the challenges it faces. Discover how import water is to the history of Coultershaw – why water, water is everywhere. Learn about the turbine and generator that is using the power of the Rother to supply electricity to the national grid.

Sunday 12 May

Mills Weekend – threshing and much more

Just over 50 years ago flour was being milled at Coultershaw. Come and learn about the mill, milling and producing flour. We will have a display of working stationary engines, machinery – and a working traditional threshing machine. You can also visit Burton Mill, just 2.5km away, where the watermill will be working and producing flour.

Sunday 19 May

Last Train to Petworth – Model railways

A commemoration of the last train to visit Petworth Station on the 20th May 1966. There will be a display telling the story of the railway that went through the station at Coultershaw and we will have layouts of three different gauges including one that children can drive the trains on.

Sunday 2 June

Family Fun Day – fun for all!

A day of fun activities for all the family – bring you picnics and enjoy the wonderful nature along the riverbank. Discover what lives in the river and mill pond and sail boats down our waterchute.

Sunday 16 June

Fathers Day – Vintage Tractors & Machinery

Bring Dad to enjoy a display of vintage tractors and working stationary engines around the warehouses down on the wharf. Our pop-up coffee shop will be serving cream teas from 2:00 to 4:00. You could bring a picnic and a bottle of bubbly to enjoy on the riverbank.

Sunday 14 July

Theatre from the Petworth Festival

E Nesbit’s Five Children and It

Edith Nesbits wonderful story will be brought to life in this performance down on the wharf. Our pop-up coffee shop will be open in The Warehouse and there will be craft activities related to the children. You could bring a picnic and sit along the riverbank. Tickets can be ordered via the Festival website from the 9th May

Sunday 11 August

Heritage Crafts – demonstrations & sales

A return of this popular event – we will be visited again by a variety of heritage crafters, including willow basket maker, traditional sign writer, woodturner, spining, weaving, bee keeper and potter They will be both demonstrating and selling.

Sunday 25 August

Vintage & Classic Cars

Classic cars are not just about engine size and the smell of oil – they are about memories and dreams ! We will have a variety of cars of diffent ages, styles and types to create a fascinating display of vehicles.

Saturday & Sunday 14/15 September

Petworth Heritage Weekend

Free Entry

Our programme for these weekend is yet to be planned – but we look forward to working with others in the Petworth Heritage Partnership.